Mortality 2016 data tables (provisional)

Published online: 
17 December 2018

These tables contain provisional information on the underlying causes of all deaths registered in New Zealand in 2016. A ‘Quick facts’ section also includes information on rates of death by ethnicity and selected causes of mortality.

Most information is broken down by age, sex, ethnicity, district health board and statistical classification chapters, subgroups and three character codes. Information for deaths from external causes has been aggregated. Further detail will be provided when the final data for 2016 is released in 2019.

These tables form part of the Mortality and Demographic Data annual series.

This data is sourced from the Mortality Collection.

Quick facts

  • There were 31,383 deaths registered in 2016, equating to an age-standardised rate of 364.2 deaths per 100,000 population. 
  • Males accounted for 15,893 deaths in 2016, slightly higher than for females (15,490).
  • There were 3,465 deaths among Māori in 2016, accounting for 11% of all deaths.
Total number of deaths and mortality rates, 2016
  Number of deaths Percentage of deaths by sex Mortality rate
Total Male Female Male Female Total Male Female
Māori 3,465 1,870 1,595 54.0 46.0 621.2 737.0 527.8
Non-Māori 27,918 14,023 13,895 50.2 49.8 337.1 393.7 286.1
Total 31,383 15,893 15,490 50.6 49.4 364.2 425.3 309.6

Note: rates per 100,000 population, age standardised to WHO World Standard Population.

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